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Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Surplus summer steelhead have been recycled on the Clackamas River at McIver, Barton and Riverside parks.
  • There are still a few days to go after a million dollar fish at Hagg Lake, where Cabela’s “Fish for Millions” contest continues through July 7.


There are many locations throughout the Willamette Valley where anglers can go to pursue warmwater species such as bass, crappie, bluegill perch, walleye and catfish. The summer months are a good time to consider angling for warmwater fish. Several good spots are listed below.

Benton County

Adair Pond – 6 acres; Hwy. 99W south of Adair Village at ODFW regional office. Largemouth bass, redear sunfish, bluegill, channel catfish.

E.E. Wilson Pond – 8 acres on E.E. Wilson Wildlife Management Area east of Hwy. 99 W between Corvallis and Monmouth. Redear sunfish, stocked trout.

Clackamas County

Wilsonville Pond – 6 acres; on west side of I-5, 1 mile south of the Wilsonville Rest Area. Take Exit 282 from I-5, west on Butteville Road to Boones Ferry Road, south on Boones Ferry Road 0.5 miles. Largemouth bass, bluegill, brown bullhead.

Bluegill Lake – 7 acres; Cascade Gateway Park in Salem off Hwy. 22. Largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie.

Goose Lake – 9 acres; 7 miles north of Salem. White crappie, largemouth bass.

Marion County

Mission Lake – 40 acres; about 5 miles north of Keizer in Willamette Mission State Park. White crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, black crappie.

Santiam River – From confluence with Willamette River upstream to Jefferson. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass.

St. Louis Ponds – 7 ponds comprising 54 acres; 2 miles west of Gervais on the west side of I-5 freeway. No boats allowed. Special regulations apply. Bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass, redear sunfish, green sunfish, white crappie, black crappie.

Walling Pond – 8 acres; 16th and McGilchrist Streets in Salem. Largemouth bass, stocked rainbow trout.

Walter Wirth Lake – 20 acres; Cascade Gateway Park in Salem. Largemouth bass, bluegill, brown bullhead, channel catfish.

Woodburn Pond – 14 acres; east of I-5 from Woodburn north on Boones Ferry Road to Crosby Road, then north on Edwin Road to the pond. Largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, white crappie, channel catfish.

Multnomah County

Benson Lake – 40 acres; Multnomah Falls. White crappie, largemouth bass, brown bullhead.

Blue Lake – 64 acres; 3 miles northeast of Troutdale off Marine Drive. Largemouth bass, brown bullhead, black crappie, bluegill. bluegille.

Bybee Lake – 275 acres; north Portland Road, Portland. White crappie, brown bullhead, largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, yellow perch

Delta Park Ponds – 100 acres; north Portland in west Delta Park. Brown bullhead, bluegill, largemouth bass.

East Salish Pond – 12 acres; located in Fairview next to Reynolds Middle School. This pond is occasionally stocked with crappie, bass and other warmwater species by members of the Oregon Bass and Panfish Club.

Multnomah Channel – Adjacent to Hwy. 30 between Portland St. Helens. Access off Hwy. 30 and off the dike road on Sauvie Island. Crappie, yellow perch, walleye, bullhead, bluegill, largemouth bass.

Columbia County

Clatskanie Slough – north of Clatskanie off Hwy. 30. White crappie, yellow bullhead, yellow perch, bluegille, largemouth bass, black crappie.

Deer island Slough – 68 acres; northwest of Columbia City off Hwy. 30 at Riechold Chemical (access only at the south end). White crappie, brown bullhead, yellow bullhead, largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch.

Scappoose Bay – 600 acres; south end of St. Helens, off Multnomah Channel. Brown bullhead, white crappie, black crappie yellow perch largemouth bass.

Vernonia Lake – 45 acres; southeast part of Vernonia off Hwy. 47. Bluegill, yellow perch, largemouth bass. Excellent bank access, improved boat launch.

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North Willamette stocking schedule

South Willamette stocking schedule

Check out the new trout stocking map

Find the location and details about the many lakes ponds and streams that receive hatchery trout from ODFW’s fish hatcheries on the new Google-based stocking map.


The Alton Baker Canoe Canal will be stocked weekly through the summer. The canal will be stocked this week with a total of 500 legal-sized and 50 larger trout along its length. The canal is located within Alton Baker Park and can be accessed off of Club Road in Eugene. The Canoe Canal is located in downtown Eugene behind Autzen Stadium. A 4-acre pond at the midpoint of the canal is a good spot but it can be fished all along its 2-mile length from Day Island Road in Eugene to Aspen Street in Springfield. Summer steelhead are occasionally caught in this system and anglers are reminded they will need a combined angling tag to legally harvest a steelhead. It is legal to fish with two rods in the Alton Baker Canoe Canal, provided the Two-Rod Validation has been purchased.

BENSON LAKE: rainbow trout, white crappie, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

Stocked the week of June 3 with 4,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 40-acre lake located in Benson State Park in the Columbia River Gorge. From Portland, head east on I-84, park is located on the south side of the freeway approx. 1/2 mile west of Multnomah Falls.

BETHANY POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead

Stocked the week of April 29 with 2,000 legal sized rainbow trout. This is a 10-acre pond located at Bethany west of Portland. The pond is maintained by Tualatin Hills Park and Rec. Amenities include picnic tables, restrooms, and a paved, ADA accessible trail.


Blue River above Blue River Reservoir will be stocked at multiple locations up to Quentin Creek with a total of 800 legal-sized and 200 larger-sized rainbow trout. Recent reports suggest fly fishing the deeper pools has been successful with a variety of flies. Take FS Road 15 from Hwy 126 about 5 miles east of the town of Blue River to access Blue River above the reservoir.

BLUE RIVER RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Blue River Reservoir will be stocked this week with 3,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Blue River Reservoir is located east of Eugene near the town of Blue River, north of Highway 126 and is open to year-round fishing.


This scenic river flows for approximately 30 miles into Detroit Reservoir. It will be stocked this week with another 1,800 legal size rainbow trout. Because the water runs cold throughout the year there are usually good numbers of fish throughout the summer. Forest Road 46 runs along most of its length so access is very good despite some steep and brushy sections. The river has some native rainbow and cutthroat trout and a few brook trout might also be found. Daily limit is five trout over 8 inches, no limit on brook trout and the use of bait is allowed. The river is closed to salmon fishing.

CANBY POND: rainbow trout

This pond will not be stocked until further notice due to large amounts of aquatic vegetation in the pond. Check this site for updates. Canby Pond is a 1-acre pond located on the south end of Canby in Canby City Park. The park is south of Hwy 99E and adjacent to the Molalla River. Angling restricted to youth age 17 and under or holders of one of the Disabled Anglers permits.


Carmen Reservoir was recently stocked with 2,500 legal-sized and 500 larger-sized rainbow trout. Carmen Reservoir is accessed via FS Road 750 off Hwy 126, about 2 miles south of Clear Lake, and is open all year. Motor boats are prohibited on Carmen Reservoir.

CHEADLE LAKE: bass, bluegill

This 60-acre former mill pond in Lebanon provides an excellent warm water fishing experience for the beginner as well as the seasoned angler. Largemouth bass up to 16 inches and panfish up to 9.5 inches have been reported recently. To get there take Russell Road east off Main Street about a mile. There is a small boat ramp and ADA fishing dock at the parking lot and there is foot access most of the way around the pond.

CLACKAMAS RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

Continued warm weather and reduced flows, coupled with the additional activity of swimmers and floaters trying to cool off is making for some tough fishing conditions on the Clackackamas. Fishing is mostly a bank-only proposition, with angler effort focused around McIver, Barton and Riverside parks, where a total of 301 surplus summer steelhead have been recycled from the Clackcmas Hatchery. Spring Chinook are also in the river but are few and far between.

Tuesday hydrological data for the Clackamas shows flows dwindling to 1,280 cfs, with a gauge height in Estacada of 11.36 ft. and the water temperature sitting near 60°. F.

Barbless hooks are now required from the mouth to the 99E Bridge when fishing for salmon, steelhead and trout.


Clear Lake was recently stocked with 2,500 legal-sized and 1,000 larger sized rainbow trout. The lake is accessed from Highway 126 approximately 70 miles east of Springfield. Cabins and row boats are available for rent from Clear Lake Resort (


The Coast Fork of the Willamette River was last stocked for the season in mid May with 1,400 legal-sized rainbow trout at several locations near Cottage Grove.

Coast Fork basin-specific regulations and stocking schedule.

COMMONWEALTH LAKE: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie

Stocked with 200 one-pound trout the week of May 13. This is a three-acre stocked lake within the Commonwealth Lake Park in Beaverton, Oregon. Commonwealth Park is maintained by Tualatin Hills Park and Rec. Amenities include ADA accessible trail, picnic tables, playground, restrooms.

COTTAGE GROVE POND: trout, warmwater species

Cottage Grove Pond was last stocked for the season in early April with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. To access the pond, travel east from Cottage Grove on Row River Road. Cottage Grove Pond is located behind the truck scales and may be accessed via an asphalt pathway. Only the pond with the dock is stocked with hatchery trout.

COTTAGE GROVE RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Cottage Grove Reservoir was last stocked for the season in mid-April with 4,500 rainbow trout. In addition, warmwater fish and holdover trout are available to anglers. The reservoir is south of Cottage Grove.

NOTICE: The Oregon Health Authority has issued a health advisory updating information about eating fish caught in Cottage Grove Reservoir. Under the advisory issued June 5, 2012 people can safely consume up to nine meals per month of hatchery-grown rainbow trout month that are 12 inches in length or less. People can distinguish hatchery-grown rainbow trout by the absence of the adipose fin, which is clipped before hatchery fish are released into streams and reservoirs. Despite the new exception for rainbow trout, mercury contamination for resident warm-water fish, including bass, bluegill, crappie and bullhead continues to be a concern. Women of childbearing age, particularly pregnant or breastfeeding women, children under six years of age and persons having liver or kidney ailments should avoid eating any fish from this reservoir other than rainbow trout. Healthy women beyond childbearing age, other healthy adults and healthy children six years of age and older should eat no more than one 8-ounce meal of fish other than rainbow trout per month.

CRESWELL POND (GARDEN LAKE): trout, warmwater

Creswell Pond was last stocked for the season the week of April 1. The pond is located in Garden Lake Park on the east side of I-5 in Creswell.

DETROIT RESERVOIR: trout, kokanee

Located 50 miles east of Salem, this large lake (approximately 3,000 acres at full pool) receives over 100,000 trout throughout the year. The reservoir will be stocked again this week with 6,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. The water level is currently at full pool (as of June 24) and all boat ramps are available. Check with local outfitters in the town of Detroit to find out more.


Dexter Reservoir was stocked in late April/early May. The next stocking will occur in late September. Dexter Reservoir is adjacent to Highway 58 near Lowell and is open all year.

DORENA RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater

Dorena Reservoir was last stocked for the season in late April. Dorena Reservoir is east of Cottage Grove on Row River Road and is open all year.


Stocked the week of April 29 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is an 8-acre pond west of Forest Grove at the junction of Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 6

EAGLE CREEK: spring Chinook

Anglers should look for the return of adult spring Chinook from 240,000 smolts released annually at the Eagle Fern Park acclimation facility. The return of these fish will be very dependent on stream flows, and whether the fish can get up into the creek; if not, anglers can expect them to be holding in areas around the mouth of Eagle Creek in the Clackamas River. Several of these fish have been checked in the Clackamas River catch so they’re moving into the area. They can be identified by having a right maxillary fin-clip along with an adipose fin-clip. A scattering of springers have been seen in the creek but flows are beginning to drop so these fish will likely be holding in deeper pools.

Long stretches of Eagle Creek run through private property, particularly up near the hatchery and from an area below the lower ladder on down past Bonnie Lure to the mouth. Anglers are advised to pay close attention to where you fish and we encourage you to ask permission prior to accessing or crossing private lands on your way to your favorite fishing hole. See Page 15 of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulation pamphlet for more information on “Your Rights to Use the Surface, Bed, and Banks of Oregon’s Rivers and Lakes.”

EAST FREEWAY LAKE: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie

This pond features some good size bass and crappie. A boat ramp is available. To get there take the State Police exit in Albany and follow the frontage road south (3 Lakes Road) for several miles.

ESTACADA Lake: trout, steelhead, Chinook, coho

Stocked the week of July 1 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Estacada is a 150-acre reservoir on the Clackamas River behind River Mill Dam. There is a fishing dock and ADA-accessible fishing platform that provide the only non-boating access. There is a boat ramp in Milo McIver State Park at the lower end of the reservoir, picnic areas, and restrooms. There is a fee for entering the park.


Fall Creek above Fall Creek Reservoir was last stocked for the season in mid-June. Wild fish will continue to be available. Fall Creek and Fall Creek Reservoir are north of Lowell and east of Unity.

FALL CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater

Fall Creek Reservoir was last stocked for the season in late April. Upriver stockings will also benefit this reservoir. Fall Creek and Fall Creek Reservoir are north of Lowell and east of Unity.


Stocked the week of July 1 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Faraday Lake is located one mile southeast of Estacada at the Faraday Hydroelectric Project.

FERN RIDGE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead

This 9,000 acre lake just 12 miles west of Eugene is the Willamette Basin’s largest water body. It has four boat ramps and there is good bank angling along the dam and at the shoreline parks. For local information regarding the lake, contact the Lane County Parks Department at 541-682-2000.

This lake is mostly shallow with a band of deep water from the original channel of the Long Tom River. The reservoir produces crappie over 12 inches and bass angling has been very good in recent years. Best time of year for crappie is in spring after the water temperature reaches the mid-50s, but fish can still be found in deeper water year round. July and August are peak months for largemouth bass. Fish the shoreline along the southern part of the reservoir, especially the sloughs and inlets where there is underwater structure.

FOSTER RESERVOIR: trout, bass, perch, catfish

This scenic 1,200-acre reservoir on the South Santiam River is located just 30 minutes from Interstate 5. There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and two seasonal boat ramps. It was stocked again on May 21 with 4,000 rainbow trout. Please remember that only kokanee and adipose fin-clipped trout may be taken and there are no limits on size or number of bass. All boat ramps are available at this time. From I-5 take US 20 east from Albany to the town of Sweet Home. The reservoir is 3 miles past the town on the left.

GREEN PETER RESERVOIR: kokanee, trout, bass

This large reservoir east of Sweet Home is a premier kokanee fishery with a bag limit of 25 fish per day. It also supports stocked rainbow trout and some large smallmouth bass. Reservoir levels are close to full and both Thistle Creek and Whitcomb Island boat ramps are open. It was stocked on May 7 with 6,000 legal rainbow trout.


Stocked the week of April 29 with 3,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 2-acre pond located within the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area. From the Sauvie Island bridge, take Sauvie Island Rd. to NW Reeder Rd, then Oak Island Rd.


Stocked the week of May 27 with 5,000 legal-sized and 125 trophy rainbow trout. This is a 23-acre reservoir on the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River within the Mount Hood National Forest.

HARTMAN POND: trout, bass, crappie, perch

Stocked the week of June 3 with 1,250 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a small fishing pond in the Columbia River Gorge just off I-84 at Benson State Park.

HENRY HAGG LAKE: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, yellow bullhead, native cutthroat trout

Henry Hagg Lake has been chosen as a venue for Cabela’s “Fish for Milions” promotion, which began Saturday, May 4 and continues through July 7. Rainbow trout have been tagged with spaghetti tags that could be worth up to $2 million to the angler lucky enough to catch one. For more information and to register.

Henry Hagg is a 1,110-acre lake seven miles southwest of Forest Grove. Maintained and operated by Washington County, the park features numerous picnic areas, two boat launching facilities, more than 15 miles of hiking trails, and observation decks for wildlife and bird watching.

HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater

Hills Creek Reservoir is open to fishing all year. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout and salmon must be released unharmed. This reservoir is stocked annually with 100,000 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook fingerlings and 200,000 adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout fingerlings. These fish grow to catchable size within a year.


Hills Creek was last stocked for the season in late May.


Stocked the week of July 1 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 14-acre lake located in the Olallie Lake Basin on the Mt. Hood National Forest. There are a few campsites available at Horseshoe Lake Campground.

HUDDLESTON POND: trout, bass, bluegill

Stocked the week of June 3 with 1,200 legal-sized rainbow trout, 100 larger trout and 25 trophy trout. This is a 5-acre pond located within Huddleston Pond Park in the city of Willamina, Ore. A former mill pond, it contains woody debris that provides habitat for bass and bluegill. It reaches a maximum depth of about 10 feet, with shallow "kid-friendly" edges. It is ADA accessible in places, with a restroom and picnic areas nearby. There is paved parking lot and small ramp for people who want to launch small, non-motorized boats.

JUNCTION CITY POND: trout, crappie

This prime fishing pond has been regularly stocked with trout since January ranging from legal-size up to ‘pounders.’ It was stocked again on June 5 with 1,000 legal size rainbow trout. Casting spinners and plunking with PowerBait can be effective strategies for these fish. Junction City pond is located about 2 miles south of Junction City on 99W on the west side of the highway. There is excellent access around the entire 8-acre pond. As a reminder, zone regulations apply: five trout daily may be kept and only one over 20 inches. The steelhead stocked a couple of months ago are considered ‘trout’ and the only-one-over-20-inches regulation applies.


Leaburg Lake will be stocked weekly through late July, and then every other week in August. The lake will be stocked with 1,800 legal-sized rainbow trout this week.

MCKENZIE RIVER below Leaburg Lake: trout, salmon, steelhead

The McKenzie River below Leaburg Lake was boat-stocked in mid-late June from Leaburg Town Landing to Hendricks Bridge with 4,200 legal-sized and 1,700 larger rainbow trout. The river will be boat stocked every 3 weeks through mid-late August. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be taken down to Hayden Bridge. No trout harvest is allowed below Hayden Bridge. Angling is restricted to flies and lures after June 15.

McKenzie basin-specific regulations and stocking schedule.

MCKENZIE RIVER above Leaburg Lake: trout, steelhead

The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake was recently boat-stocked from Forest Glen Boat Ramp near Blue River to Goodpasture Landing with a total of 8,450 legal-sized hatchery rainbow trout. The river will be boat stocked every 3 weeks (with one exception when it is 2 weeks) through mid-September. Rainbow trout will be truck-stocked at the boat landings between boat stockings.

McKenzie basin-specific regulations and stocking schedule.

MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER above Hills Creek Reservoir: trout

The Middle Fork Willamette River above Hills Creek Reservoir was recently stocked at campgrounds and access points from Staley Creek bridge downstream to Sand Prairie Campground. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be retained and angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures.

Middle Fork basin-specific regulations and stocking schedule.

MOLALLA RIVER: steelhead, spring Chinook

The Molalla River flows are dropping much like other rivers in the area, making the Molalla a drift boat fishery, although water levels are still holding up enough for decent angling opportunity. Spring Chinook that are returning from direct releases of smolts completed in 2010 and 2011 should be available in the Molalla River and it’s also not unheard of for an occasional summer steelhead to nose into the lower river looking for cooler water than the Willamette. The Molalla River is open for adipose fin-clipped Chinook and adipose fin-clipped steelhead the entire year, with the use of bait allowed May 15-July 15 but the use of single barbless hooks is encouraged. Refer to the 2013 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for more information.


Stocked the week of May 20 with 500 rainbow trout. Anglers are reminded that from April 1 through Aug. 31 fishing at Mt. Hood Pond is restricted to youths 17 and under as well as individuals who possess a valid Oregon Disabilities Fishing Permit.


Stocked the week of July 1 with 2,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 350-acre reservoir of the Clackamas River behind North Fork Dam approximately 5.2 miles east of Estacada, Ore. The lake has a boat ramp, moorage, picnic area, and accessible fishing platforms.

NORTH AND SOUTH SANTIAM: steelhead, trout

The river are still excellent: currently 1,730 cfs at Mehama on the North Santiam and 1,200 at Waterloo on the South Santiam. Fish counts at Willamette Falls have remained strong for summer steelhead and spring Chinook with 10,907 and over 26,000 fish respectively entering the ladder as of June 23. So far (July 1), 3,196 summer steelhead and 1,280 spring Chinook have entered the the fish ladder at Foster dam, with most of them being recycled below to give anglers another shot at them. On the North Santiam, approximately 500 summer steelhead and 2,800 2,075 spring Chinook have passed above Stayton into the upper river through the third week of June. When the ‘bite’ is on, bobbers and jigs are the preferred angling method with spoons, spinners and egg clusters also being effective.

River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge. You may check for current conditions at

CAUTION: We received a report of a downed tree obstructing the Lower Bennett dam boat slide on the North Santiam at Stayton. Boaters are advised to use the south channel and the boat slide on Upper Bennett dam to get passed that section of the river. The section between Shelburn and Green’s Bridge remains hazardous for boaters because of downed trees and multiple side channels. Better bets are the floats below Green’s Bridge and above Stayton.


Stocked the week of July 1 with 4,000 legal-sized rainbow trout and 125 trophy trout. This is the largest of more than 200 lakes within the Olallie Lake Scenic Area. Lake is located on the southern edge of the Mt. Hood National Forest.

PROGRESS LAKE: trout, brown bullhead

Stocked June 7 with 600 half-pound rainbow trout and 100 one-plus pounders. This is a 4-acre pond next to the Progress Ridge Town Center in Beaverton, Oregon. The pond is an old rock pit and has a maximum depth of 54 feet. There is a sidewalk, fishing platform and viewing platform on one side of the lake. The lake is owned by Tualatin Hills Parks and Rec. Boating and swimming are prohibited on this lake.


This beautiful stream is located above Green Peter Reservoir and provides excellent opportunities to fish for trout. There is good bank access along most of its length. Trout season opened April 28 and ends October 31. The river was stocked last week with 1,800 rainbow trout with opportunities to catch some nice wild cutthroat trout as well. Light gear works best and fly fishing can be very good, but bait is also allowed. There are two BLM campgrounds as well as numerous designated campsites along the road. To get there, follow the directions to Green Peter Reservoir and continue around the lake until the river begins.


Salmon Creek is a tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge, and will be stocked this week with 700 legal-sized and 150 larger rainbow trout. Fish are released at multiple locations every 2-3 weeks through mid-August.


Stocked June 12 with 600 legal-sized rainbow trout and 100 one-pounders. This lake is located approximately 9 miles northwest of St. Helens on Pittsburg Rd.


Salt Creek is a tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge, and was recently stocked with 500 legal-sized rainbow trout. Fish are released at multiple locations.

SANDY RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

Flows are limiting anglers as boulders and sand bars begin to surface; those familiar with fishing the Sandy in low-flow conditions are having the greatest success.

SANTIAM RIVER NORTH FORK above Detroit Lake: trout

This beautiful section of the river re-opened April 27. Please be aware that this section of river above Detroit Lake is closed to salmon fishing. Weather permitting, you may find this highway route to be an excellent family outing for simply enjoying nature. It will be stocked again this week with 3,000 rainbow trout.


Hwy. 30 toward Clatskanie; take the Swedetown Rd. exit; follow Swedetown Rd. about a quarter of a mile to Olson Rd. Turn right onto Olson Rd. Follow Scout Lake signs posted along Olson Road about three miles to locked gate. From there hike in about a mile to the lake or sign out a key to the gate from the City of Clatskanie at 95 S. Nehalem and drive in. For more information, contact the City of Clatskanie at 503-728-2622.


Stocked the week of June 3 with 2,600 legal-sized rainbow trout and 200 larger trout. Sheridan Pond is a 2 1/2-acre pond located on the edge of town. It provides excellent access for families and kids. Good parking. From Hwy. 18, take exit 33 to Balston Rd., turn right and left to the pond.


Stocked the week of June 10 with 2,600 legal-sized rainbow trout and 250 larger trout. This is a 65-acre reservoir on Silver Creek 2.5 miles south of Silverton on Hwy. 214.


Stocked the week of June 17 with 300 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a two-acre youth-only fishing pond located next to Promotory Park and North Fork Reservoir near Esticada. There is a fish cleaning station and restroom located within walking distance of the pond.


Smith Reservoir was recently stocked with 5,000 rainbow trout. Smith Reservoir is north of Trail Bridge Reservoir and is accessed by turning off Hwy 126 at Trail Bridge Reservoir and following FS Road 730 north to Smith Dam. The reservoir is not visible from the highway and is open to year-around fishing.

SOUTH FORK YAMHILL RIVER: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

Stocked the week of June 3 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Trout are released in multiple locations between Gold Creek Road Bridge and Willamina. Yamhill River Road runs parallel to much of this section of the river and provides adequate turnouts and parking at several locations along the way. The remaining 15 miles of river open to trout fishing has some public access but also meanders across private lands. ODFW reminds anglers to be aware of and respectful toward private property rights along the river.

ST. LOUIS PONDS: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, channel catfish

St. Louis Ponds is a 54-acre complex of seven ponds owned and managed by ODFW. It has a number of ADA-accessible fishing platforms and a paved trail that meanders around some of the ponds. Parking is very limited, so carpooling is encouraged, and participants may need to walk in a mile from the gate at the entrance of the complex. St. Louis Ponds is located 13 miles north of Salem and west of I-5. To get to there from the north, take the Woodburn exit off I-5. Then go east to Hwy. 99E. At Hwy. 99E, head south to the town of Gervais. At the light, go west on Gervais Rd. through Gervais. Gervais Rd. changes to St Louis Rd. Continue west on St Louis Rd. as it crosses over I-5 to Tesch Lane, at the railroad crossing. Go left on Tesch Lane and follow the signs to the ponds. For more information, contact Jeff Fulop at (971) 673-6034.

SUNNYSIDE PARK POND: trout, bass, bluegill

This 4-acre pond is located 2 miles above the upper end of Foster Reservoir. Since the beginning of the year, this family-friendly pond has been stocked with over 2,000 trout ranging from larger-size to 2.5 pound brooders. It was stocked again on May 22 with 333 legal size rainbow trout. Sunnyside Pond also offers bluegill and largemouth bass year round. The park has a campground and picnic area and is a great place to take kids fishing. There is boat ramp access to the Middle Fork arm of Foster Reservoir. To get there from I5, take US 20 through the town of Sweet Home and continue around Foster Reservoir to Quartzville Creek road. Take a left and follow this road for two miles to the park.


This beautiful, family-friendly fishing pond is located within the 90-acre Timber-Linn Memorial Park in Albany. Within the last couple of months, the lake has been stocked with over 2,000 ‘larger’ trout and nearly 200 heavyweight brooders. It was stocked on May 15 with 250 legal and 50 larger-size rainbow trout. Please keep in mind that only one fish over 20 inches may be taken per day. Timber-Linn Lake can be reached by turning east off I-5 onto the Santiam Highway (Hwy. 20), then immediately turning north onto Price Road and proceeding to the park entrance.

TIMOTHY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout, kokanee

Stocked the week of June 17 with 5,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. Lake will not be stocked the remainder of the summer due to elevated water temperatures. Timothy is a 1,400-acre lake about 80 miles east of Portland past Mt. Hood. From Hwy 26 turn onto Forest Rd 42 (Skyline Rd), and then west to Forest Rd 57. Timothy is one of the most popular family camping and fishing destinations in the Mt. Hood National Forest. The lake's south shore features four developed campgrounds and boat ramps. Three smaller, less developed campgrounds are found in the north. A trail system for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians circles the lake. Motorboats are allowed on Timothy Lake, although a 10 m.p.h. speed limit is in place.


Trail Bridge Reservoir was recently stocked with 3,000 legal-sized rainbow trout and is open to year-round angling. This waterbody is adjacent to Hwy 126 and is approximately 60 miles east of Springfield. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be harvested from Trail Bridge Reservoir. Flies and lures only may be used.


Stocked the week of July 1 with 3,000 legal-sized rainbow trout and 250 trophy trout. Trillium is a 60-acre lake located approximately three miles east of Government Camp off of Hwy 26. This lake is popular for fishing, camping and photography, often clearly reflecting Mount Hood. A large campground at the lake features a seasonal boat ramp and wheelchair-accessible floating dock.

TROJAN PONDS: trout, warmwater species

The pond was stocked the week of April 15 with 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 15-acre lake just east of Rainier on the north side of Hwy 30 at the Trojan nuclear facility.

WALLING POND: trout, crappie, bass

In winter and spring, Walling Pond receives over 5,000 trout ranging in size from legals to multi-pound brooders. As a reminder, brooders are considered trout so zone regulations apply: five trout daily may be kept and only one may be over 20 inches. The pond is located within the Salem city limits west of I-5. Take Turner Road off Mission Street.

WALTER WIRTH LAKE: trout, crappie, bass

Since the first of the year, this pond has received several stockings totaling over 8,000 fish providing anglers an opportunity to catch trout of all sizes, from legal 8-inch trout to whoppers over 10 pounds. It was stocked again on June 5 with 2,000 legal and 250 larger size rainbow trout. As a reminder, brooders are considered trout so zone regulations apply: five trout daily may be kept and only one over 20 inches. This wheelchair accessible lake is located just east of Salem within Cascade Gateway Park, west of I-5 at Hwy. 22. Take Airport Rd. or Turner Rd. to reach the lake.

WAVERLY POND: trout, bluegill, catfish

Since the beginning of the year, Waverly Pond has received 2,500 trout ranging in size from ‘larger’ to trophies. It was stocked on May 15 with 160 legal and 20 larger-size rainbow trout. Please be aware, only one fish over 20 inches may be kept. Here is an excellent in-town fishing opportunity. From I-5 take exit 234 west towards Albany. The pond, located a quarter mile down the Pacific Boulevard and on the right, will be found in a beautiful park-like setting.

WEST SALISH POND: panfish, trout

The Salish Ponds Wetlands Park has been closed by the City of Fairview as an extensive renovation project is underway. This project is running well behind schedule so ODFW will likely not be stocking West Salish Pond again until fall of 2013.

WILLAMETTE RIVER: spring Chinook, summer steelhead

Spring Chinook and summer steelhead continue to move past Willamette Falls and into the upper river. Through June 25 the passage of adult springers was up to 25,304 while the jack count stood at 1,352. The counts for summer steelhead were at 11,170.

Hydro readings at Willamette Falls on June 25 show flows at 11,000 cfs, visibility at 6.3 ft., with the water temperature at 68°.


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